Why would I have a Botox injection?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) injection is a procedure to reduce visible facial wrinkles and lines by temporarily paralyzing muscles. If you have wrinkles in your forehead or around your eyes, Botox injections can relax your facial muscles and soften those wrinkles. In addition, Botox injection can be used to treat numerous other medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, lazy eye, cervical dystonia, and chronic migraine.
What are the benefits of having a Botox Injection?
Some of the top benefits of Botox are as follows.
- A nonsurgical solution to reduce lines and wrinkles
- Lift droopy eyebrow
- Decrease excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Reduce chronic migraine
- Help relieve eye twitching as well as lazy eye
- Reduce urinary incontinence
- Relax contracted muscles
- Relieve cervical dystonia
What is the recovery time?
Botox injection requires almost no downtime. During the first day, you will likely notice swelling, redness, and mild bruising in the affected area, but some people are able to return to their normal activities straight after treatment. Still, it is highly recommended to avoid any strenuous activity, including exercise, for at least 24 hours following Botox injection. Avoid heat for the first 24 hours, such as hot baths, hot showers, sunbathing, or other forms of heat as it will increase the risk of bruising.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital after my procedure?
Botox injection usually takes about 10 minutes to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure.
How long should I expect to stay overseas after my procedure?
Although you may be able to leave the hospital immediately after Botox injection, you should aim to stay overseas for at least one day following the procedure. This is to give your body some time for initial recovery and to avoid any complications.
What aftercare should I take into consideration?
Follow all aftercare instructions that you are given. Avoid rubbing your face for at least 24 hours to prevent moving the dosage into an unintended area and nerve damage. As Botox will need some time to settle into your muscles, sleep on your back for the first night to make sure it settles properly. After the day following the procedure, gently exercise the muscles in the affected area, such as smiling, grinning, frowning, and so on.
What’s the success rate like?
Botox injection is one of the most common cosmetic procedure with a high success rate. The results tend to last between 6 to 12 months and the substance is generally well tolerated by people.
Are there alternatives?
If Botox injection is not suitable for you, there are several alternatives you can choose. Your options are dermal fillers, facelift, and Fraxel Laser or chemical peels.